First departmental websites migrate 'inside government' to GOV.UK
Transport and Communities and Local Government first to move in single domain plans that could save at least £50m a year
Two central government departments have today moved their corporate and policy information to GOV.UK.
The home pages for the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as well as three associated agencies - the Driving Standards Agency, the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and the Planning Inspectorate - are now available on the GOV.UK domain.
The two departments' move marks the next phase in establishing a single domain for all government services and information. Over the next 18 months, hundreds more government websites are set to follow which the government hopes will save the taxpayer at least £50m a year. By 2014, websites of all government departments and many other public bodies will be merged into the Inside Government section of www.gov.uk.
Currently, to find out what the government may be doing about a particular issue, users need to know which departments are involved and trawl their separate websites to find the information.
From today, the government says, those departments and agencies that move to GOV.UK will publish their policies according to the outcome the government is trying to achieve. For example:
- making transport safer;
- reducing carbon emissions from transport;
- increasing the number of available homes.
For each policy, there will be a clear overview and details of related activity, providing clear information about:
- the issue - why the government has developed this policy;
- the actions - what specific things the government is doing;
- the background - essential contextual information about the policy.
Mike Bracken, Executive Director, Government Digital Service, said: "The government's approach to transparency has been very clear in the field of open data. Presenting policy in a clear and succinct way - as we are doing with this latest iteration of GOV.UK - will, I hope, contribute to those efforts. People often regard open data as being the core component of a transparent government, but clear content is equally vital if citizens are to have the information that they need, both from an information and participatory point of view. We look forward to getting feedback on this latest iteration of GOV.UK."
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: "GOV.UK is designed to meet the needs of users and what they want to do. It is a simpler, clearer and faster way for people to find government services and information online. Last month we launched GOV.UK, and now we are pushing ahead with moving departmental corporate and policy information on to the single domain. Information will be easier to access and more open, and we will save the taxpayer millions of pounds in the process."